Colombian president arrives for visit

June 9, 2013 18:56


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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, whose country is considered Israel's strongest friend in South America, arrived Sunday for a three day visit.

Santos is scheduled to meet during his three-day stay with President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, and Science and Technology Minister Yaakov Peri.  His schedule includes four hours in Ramallah for talks with Palestinian Authority leaders.

Colombia was the only South American country that in 2010 and 2011 did not follow Brazil's lead and recognize the Palestinian Authority as a Palestinian state. As a temporary member of the Security Council in 2011, it was one of seven countries that made clear it would not support Palestinian statehood, thereby quashing Palestinian hopes that year of forcing a US veto on PA statehood in the Security Council.

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